Clarke Central High School Girls Basketball

December 12th, 2013 | By Gary No Comments


In her 20 years of coaching girl’s basketball at Clarke Central High School, including the past 14 years as head coach, Carla Johnson has worked with a lot of great teams. Several have made it to the Elite 8, and many of the players have gone on to play in college.

This year’s group of girls has the potential to be one of her best. With only two seniors graduating last year, Coach Johnson has a lot of girls returning and they all worked really hard over the summer and in pre-season so they have grown together. Johnson says, “It is just such a good group of personalities and girls. This is one of those teams that is really fun but that also works real hard. They get along well and blend real nicely.”



Coach Johnson also noted that the team has a lot of talent, but is still a well-balanced team.  Addie McNeely, senior point guard, will probably be a leading scorer, but the whole team is so talented and versatile that most of their wins are going to be a real team effort. Coach Johnson is really excited about this because, as she says, “You can’t just shut down one player to beat them. You have to shut down their whole team.”

The girls also work hard on their school work. Coach Johnson helps ensure that by having a mandatory study hall every day before or after practice. “It really helps the girls to develop good study habits; even after they go on to college they are used to that mandatory study time and it has been very successful for the girls.” Coach Johnson has also been really pleased to see her two seniors and two juniors taking the initiative and offering natural leadership to help mentor the younger players on and off the court. It should be a fun year for the Clarke Central Girls Basketball team this year. I’m sure they will be a lot of fun to watch, so make sure you get out and cheer them on!

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